The Start Fab milestone represents the first cut of steel for construction of a ship. Kevin Nailer, Steel Fabrication Shop foreman, starts the Avenger III Plasma Cutter. Both Coast Guard and Ingalls personnel witnessed the event.
Ingalls welder, Roderick P. Funches etches Ship Sponsor, Julie Sheehan's initials into the keel plate during the Keel Authentication Ceremony. After the welding of the initials, Brian Cuccias, certified that the keel had been, "truly and fairly laid."
A grand block unit is lowered onto Munro. This lift weighed 422 tons and brought the ship to 64 percent erected.
Riggers and machinists successfully guided sections of the port and starboard shafts into place.
Ingalls' sixth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC), Munro (WMSL 755). The ship spent three days in the Gulf of Mexico testing all of the ship’s systems.